Join Jeff Sengstack for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding Premiere Elements 8 features, part of Premiere Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training.
What I would like you to do now is to sit back and relax while I demonstrate how things work in Premiere Elements 8, and present an overview of some of its features but I go into this kind of stuff in much more detail in other videos. Let's say you'll get plenty of opportunities for hands-on work then, but for now, I suggest you just sit back, relax, and watch the show. We typically begin video editing by using Premiere Elements to transfer video from your camcorder, webcam, or digital camera to your PC where it's stored on a hard drive. Then you import other assets into your project. Assets that you might already have on your hard drive, such as video, audio, and image files.
After you transfer your videos and bring in those assets, you can find them over here in the Project View. Each thumbnail here in this instance represents a video or audio clip, plus a couple of titles that I made in Premiere Elements for this demo. There are several ways to start editing a video. The easiest way is simply to drag video and audio clips down to the Sceneline. Well, this is the Timeline. Let me shift over to the Sceneline, which looks kind of like a storyboard. You can just drag a clip down here. That shows up here in the monitor and you can play with these VCR controls and you have your first clip and your first video.
Now the Sceneline is kind of an entry-level approach to editing. Eventually you want to step up to this thing over here or the Timeline. When you add a clip to this Timeline, you'll see that the rectangles represent the relative lengths of the clips, and notice that this next clip is longer than the first one, whereas in the Sceneline, they look like they are exactly the same length. One of the advantages of the Timeline, one of many advantages. You can also let's say add audio to the Timeline or the Sceneline. We drag an audio clip down here. It's music. Now in an essence we have our little music video.
(Music Playing). If you probably want to trim some clips to tighten up your story a bit. All you need to do to do that is simply drag the beginning or end of the clip using this little Trim tool, which is called the Ripple Edit tool. You can make these clips shorter. If I make them too short, I can say maybe I should make them longer. Let me add one more clip down here just so you can see how this whole thing works. You can rearrange clips, so you have one, two, three clips. I want to take this first one let's say, and move it over here to the back. I can just lift it up, put it in like that.
It's easy to rearrange clips on the Timeline. After you've laid down your clips you might want to add some transitions between them. Let's go over here to the Edit > Transitions, and Premiere Elements has about a hundred transitions that ships with it. All kinds of ways to get from one clip to another. Let's try the Cross Dissolve here real quickly. Click on here, just drag it down between these two clips. You can watch the clip between them here like that. (Music Playing). I am going to remove the audio, so you don't have to interfere too much with our transitions.
We can apply different transitions if we care to. Let's just pick one that's little more obvious, like this Page Roll. Lots and lots of different kinds of transitions. In addition to putting transitions between clips you can put effects on clips. Here's the Effects section. Again, about a hundred effects come with Premiere Elements and you get these little thumbnail views of how the effects will actually change the way your clips look. If I just drag this effect here, that will change the color, change the contrast.
It's easy to apply effects that way. Let's just try another effect that will be pretty dramatically different, something called Replicate. I can't find Replicate right away, so I'm just going to search for it. Actually you've to find like this, Replicate, there it is. Drag it over and it splits the clip up into four different sections, so you can see that. After you've done all this work with transitions and effects and trimming your clips and rearranging things, you can add titles. I added a couple of titles already for this particular demo. We'll go over there to the Project panel again and here is the title.
Just drag this title down under the Timeline. It's easy to make titles like this or you can make lower 3rds like this. And this is a template that comes with Premiere Elements. You can use these templates and then put in the text that you want to put in. Once you've completed a project, you'll want to share with people and Premiere Elements gives you many opportunities to do that. You can create a DVD or you can create a file, a file that can appear on your computer, on a mobile phone for example, or let's say on YouTube even. And finally you can then send it right back to the tape that you recorded it from. So I think you'd agree that the Premiere Elements gives you all the tools it takes to make some really wonderful looking videos.
- Getting video from a DV camera, USB camera, or hard drive
- Adjusting timing for smooth transitions between clips
- Adding text and shapes to clips with titling tools
- Mixing audio tracks by hand for a custom sound
- Building DVD menus with scene markers
- Creating a good story for the final output
Skill Level Beginner
Q: Is it possible to get still shots from video clips in Adobe Premiere Elements 8?
A: Yes, this is possible with the Freeze Frame tool, which is explained in Chapter 5, in the "Splitting clips and changing clip speed, duration and direction" movie around the 7:45 mark.
Q: When attempting to start Premiere Elements 8, I get an error message reading "Adobe has detected that the application Elements Organizer has unexpectedly quit." What is causing this, and how can it be fixed?
A: Crashes on start-up are a problem that have come up with a number of users. There is an update to Premiere Elements 8 that addresses that.
There are two approaches, open Premiere Elements by clicking New Project and then go to Help > Updates. If that doesn't work, or if Premiere crashes again, follow the steps outlined on this Adobe support page: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/530/cpsid_53099.html